May 28, 2020
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Portland man pleads guilty to strangling girlfriend

Courtesy of Cumberland County Jail, via WGME
Courtesy of Cumberland County Jail, via WGME

A Portland man pleaded guilty to the strangling death of his girlfriend.

Gregory Vance, 62, murdered Patricia Grassi in an apartment on Cumberland Avenue in March.

Police found Grassi’s body during a well-being check.

Vance said he strangled Grassi because she was “tormenting” and “slapping” him, according to court documents. He also confessed in phone calls to his daughter and ex-wife.

He originally pleaded not guilty in May. Vance will be sentenced in December.


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